Is nudity profanity? The fine art of perception
Dennis McNally was carrying some of his paintings to his office at St. Joseph's University when a top administrator stopped him and asked to see them.
McNally, a Jesuit priest who chairs the department of fine and performing arts, demurred, knowing the man had objected before to his use of nude models. The administrator, no longer on staff, insisted.
"That looks like Jesus," McNally recalled the man telling him. "And he's naked... . That's a terrible sin, painting Jesus naked."
McNally didn't think so. But he concedes that when it comes to nudity, the line between the sacred and profane, the pornographic and the artistic, is not at all obvious.
After passing through corridors packed with student paintings and sculptures, I met McNally in his small office in the Tudor-style building that houses the art department at the university.
He told me people relate to nude figures in paintings because we connect to their humanity. And it takes skill for an artist to learn to paint the whole human body. He likes to start his art students drawing from live nude models right away, leaving the fruits and flowers for later. "It's a way of getting in touch with yourself," he said.
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
If Mayor Daley has his way, you could soon have wireless computer access like that all over the city. The mayor wants affordable internet access to all neighborhoods, with free hot spots in schools, and free access in public places like parks and museums. He also wants to provide inexpensive computer equipment to low-income residents.Cross your thingies.
"No other city has done this in America. They've talked about it, but I think we'll be the first to move as quickly as possible," said Daley.
The mayor also hopes to narrow the so-called digital divide. Right now, among households with less than $50,000 a year income, only about 20 percent have internet access. Students at the Illinois Institute of Technology are trying to help by providing tutoring, making computers relevant.
May 30, 2006 - You may not realize it but you may be paying about 10, 20 or even 30 bucks a month in taxes, on your cell phone bill. State and city governments say the money benefits the community, but cell phone companies have organized a campaign to fight the taxes. They say it's just another way for the government to get your money and raise the cost of communication.
The national average cell phone bill tax is about 17 percent every month when you add state city and federal taxes. That equates to about $10 for the average American cell phone bill. That's another $120 a year in taxes.
Rising levels of carbon dioxide—a so-called greenhouse gas that traps heat within Earth's atmosphere—can fuel booming poison ivy growth, a new study reports.
Even worse, the rash-inducing vines may become more potent.
Working in a Duke Univerity-owned forest near Chapel Hill, North Carolina, researchers used a system of carbon dioxide-pumping pipes to create atmospheric CO2 levels that were some 200 parts per million higher than the current norm.
Okay so um does that mean that also the plant that you use to combat the itching will be growing more faster too? I think that is what it is called but. If somebody could go out and find the leaves of three plant and look around the base of where it is growing for me. That's where it supposed to grow I heard.
With his rugged good looks and icon status, Clint Eastwood} was long one of the few actors whose name on a movie marquee could guarantee a hit. Less well-known for a long time (at least until he won the Academy Award as Best Director for Unforgiven), was the fact that Eastwood was also a producer/director, with an enviable record of successes. Born May 31, 1930, in San Francisco, Eastwood worked as a logger and gas-station attendant, among other things, before coming to Hollywood in the mid-'50s. After his arrival, he played small roles in several Universal features (he's the pilot of the plane that napalms the giant spider at the end of Tarantula [1955 -- A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965), and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) -- Eastwood soon exchanged this limited status for bona fide international stardom.Shocking News This!
Imagine: you are a foot soldier in a paramilitary group whose purpose is to remake America as a Christian theocracy, and establish its worldly vision of the dominion of Christ over all aspects of life. You are issued high-tech military weaponry, and instructed to engage the infidel on the streets of New York City. You are on a mission - both a religious mission and a military mission -- to convert or kill Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, gays, and anyone who advocates the separation of church and state - especially moderate, mainstream Christians. Your mission is "to conduct physical and spiritual warfare"; all who resist must be taken out with extreme prejudice. You have never felt so powerful, so driven by a purpose: you are 13 years old. You are playing a real-time strategy video game whose creators are linked to the empire of mega-church pastor Rick Warren, best selling author of The Purpose Driven Life.Poor christians have been under attack for so long now. What with all lion eating of and such 'n such. Bout time somebody did some that is completely out of proportion with any kind of reality. I wonder if the game has a part where you hold up in your compound with bonus points if you don't go up in flames inside it.
The designers intend this game to become the first dominionist warrior game to break through in the popular culture due to its violent scenarios and realistic graphics, lighting, and sound effects. Its creators expect it to earn a rating of T for Teen. How violent is that? That's the rating shared by Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell - Chaos Theory, a top selling game in which high-tech gadgets and high-powered weapons - frag grenades, shotguns, assault rifles, and submachine guns -- are used to terminate enemies with extreme prejudice.
As part of its marketing pitch, Left Behind Games hypes the realism with which it portrays the neighborhoods of New York City. There is, for the most part, a remarkable verisimilitude except for one detail - all of the ambulances have 911 painted on their roofs. In the reality-based world, most ambulances have a red cross on top. Yet the game designers make prominent use of these 911 ambulances to evoke the tragic events of September 11, 2001. The historical context of 911 is invoked as if to say, We are living in the End Times, and Muslims are among the kinds of infidels whom you should fear, whom you should be prepared to kill for your cause.
For game enthusiasts, there is also a multi-player mode, in which you can go online and battle to take territory from other players. If you happen to blow away a neutral party - and collateral damage is inevitable in the End of Days - then you will lose "Spirit Points". But you can power back up with merely a brief timeout for prayer, or by converting one of New York's terror-stricken citizens.
Friday, May 26, 2006
Netflix has agreed to pay up to $2,528,000, and the court has awarded $1,387,138, in attorneys' fees and costs to counsel for members of the settlement class, including class counsel for all objectors, intervenors, and proposed intervenors, with an express reservation that an additional and enhanced fee may be awarded upon the final showing of the number of class members who timely and accuratley complete the claim form process. The amended settlement agreement is available for review at HERE.
This day May 26, 1907 Marion Morrison better known as John Wayne was born. In celebration Dick cheney went into the parking garage and fired off a few shots from his repeater.
The movies he starred in rode the range from out-of-the-money sagebrush quickies to such classics as "Stagecoach" and "Red River." He won an Oscar as best actor for another western, "True Grit," in 1969. Yet some of the best films he made told stories far from the wilds of the West, such as "The Quiet Man" and "The Long Voyage Home."Kooky actors trying dable into politics. So clad they don't do that no more.
In the last decades of his career, Mr. Wayne became something of an American folk figure, hero to some, villain to others, for his outspoken views. He was politically conservative and, although he scorned politics as a way of life for himself, he enthusiastically supported Richard M. Nixon, Barry Goldwater, Spiro T. Agnew, Ronald Reagan and others who, he felt, fought for his concept of Americanism and anti-Communism.
But it was for millions of moviegoers who saw him only on the big screen that John Wayne really existed. He had not created the western with its clear-cut conflict between good and bad, right and wrong, but it was impossible to mention the word "western" without thinking of "the Duke," as he was called.Yep.
WASHINGTON -- Capitol police were investigating "the sound of gunfire in the garage level of the Rayburn House Office Building," said an announcement on the internal Capitol voice alarm system.
The Senate was in session at the time, but the House was not.
Rep. Peter Hoekstra, R-Mich., conducting a House Intelligence Committee hearing, interrupted a witness to request those attending the meeting to remain in the room and said the doors must be closed.
"It's a little unsettling to get a Blackberry message put in front of you that says there's gunfire in the building," he said.
Jeff Connor, a spokesman for Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Mo., said Capitol Hill police notified the office that gunfure was heard in the Rayburn building garage.
"They specifically said there was the sound of gunfire on one of the garage levels of the Rayburn House office building and asked staff to remain in their offices," Connor said.
While the House was adjourned for the Memorial Day weekend, at least one committee was meeting.
At the same time, Capitol police went room to room in at least parts of the Capitol advising staff to stay in their offices, according one House aide whose office was advised.
Oh but he does regret not the deaths of the innocent but, the bring it on sound bite.
This game has been over for a long time now.
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
A little too desparate to get a durty democract. Unless we find out that he us part of a large oranization that thinks that only democracts should rule the country. And he and a lot of people turned it into just a way to stuff their pockets with money...
Mr. Jefferson appeared on Capitol Hill to deny any wrongdoing. Facing a bank of television cameras down the hall from his Congressional office, which was raided by federal agents on Saturday night, Mr. Jefferson said that he would not resign and that he expected to be cleared.
In court documents made public on Sunday, the F.B.I. said Mr. Jefferson had taken bribes to help a small technology company win federal contracts and to help it with business deals in Africa. The F.B.I. said he had concealed $90,000 from the scheme in the freezer of his home in Washington.
"There are two sides to every story," Mr. Jefferson said, without providing any details.
For all the intense partisanship that has surrounded the wave of legal and ethical cases on Capitol Hill, the Jefferson case brought some Democrats and Republicans together on one point: that the all-night search conducted by the F.B.I. raised questions about whether the executive branch had violated the constitutional doctrine of separation of powers by carrying out a raid on the official office of a member of Congress.
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Analyst: In-Game Ads To $732 Million By 2010
According to a new report published by analysts the Yankee Group, in-game advertising could surge in size to around $732 million by the year 2010, up from just $56 million in 2005 and $22 million in 2004, as companies begin to target in-game worlds for static and video commercials.
Is this going to be like The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and their love of pizza turning into ads for Pizza Hut ending up in their video games? Or will it be more like games made up just to advertise just how wonderful certain products are. Whole games could made up just to bash the competition, literally. A nice "hack and slash" type game where you have to get your friends and family to switch 'phone carriers or they turn into zombies and you have to dispatch them with a special exclusive to this carrier wireless phone. Can you break free now? Good lord that one made the transformation quicken! I must find a... Aagh! They got me.
But I really think this just branding a "product" with a logo to show who da boss is. All these mergers have lead to some complex hierarchical structures. And the companies over the ones below just want to stick their logo into stuff that they don't have anything to do with just because they can.
And I thought video games where made by small groups of people hanging out in basements. When did you start needing so much dough? I guess it is a combination of trying exclusively control every part of development verses how back the old days you had people sharing programming tricks they just made up. And maybe the game designers are being lured with huge contracts that are huge based on what video games usually end up making
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
And what's the big?
The nation's top cop - who is the first Hispanic attorney general - has become a point man for the White House on immigration reforms President Bush is pushing.
"Three of my grandparents were born in Mexico. They came to Texas," Gonzales told CNN.
Pressed by Wolf Blitzer, Gonzales conceded he didn't know if they came across the border like millions of illegal immigrants at issue in the current debate.
"It's unclear. It's unclear," Gonzales said. "And I've looked at this issue, I've talked to my parents about it, and it's just not clear."
Gonzales has often cited his grandparents' Mexican heritage and his dirt-poor upbringing in Texas in a big family headed by his migrant worker parents.
"My grandparents were Mexican immigrants. I remember visiting them as a very young boy - there was no telephone in their house, no television, no running hot water," Gonzales said during a naturalization ceremony for new citizens in December.
Gonzales is the latest in a series of Washington politicians to talk about their immigrant heritage.
Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., recently recalled how his illegal Italian-immigrant mother was arrested by federal authorities in 1943.
In declining to discuss the NSA's alleged collection of domestic phone records, Snow had said he wouldn't "hug the tar baby" of commenting on a program the White House won't confirm or deny.
I guess its like that Graham Kerr guy and the word niggardly... not.
Until Telemundo sold out they have some good stuff on. Glad I got to catch his stuff.
Jorge Porcel, the portly Argentine comedian and TV host who leered with gusto at the scantily clad women who surrounded him in his show, died Tuesday night at Mercy Hospital from complications from gall-bladder surgery. He was 69.
For years, Porcel's baby face and trademark leer were a staple of Spanish-language television comedy throughout the world in To Bed With Porcel, a variety show that mixed raunchy humor, music, double-entendres and buxom young women. In the United States, he was seen on the Telemundo network.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
(CBS) CHICAGO The Catholic Church's most controversial group is the villain at the center of Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code." But what's the truth behind Opus Dei?
The group has some 85,000 members worldwide and 3,000 in the U.S. CBS 2's Antonio Mora reports 800 of them live in Chicago, where Opus Dei got its American start almost 50 years ago and where it still has a powerful presence.
A powerful mysterious cult sends a masochistic albino monk to murder anyone who might reveal a centuries-old secret that could destroy the church. The killer cult is "The Da Vinci Code's" version of Opus Dei.
Then there's the issue of corporal mortification. Numeraries are expected to flail themselves weekly for about 30 seconds with a small whip called a discipline and to wear a small, spiked chain called a cilice for a couple of hours a day.
It will be funny to see how congress takes it that he put the responsibility to more patrolls on our boarders off on them. They rubber stamped his insane budget with more tax breaks for the poor rich so I guess he ment they should personal pay for it.
Monday, May 15, 2006
The Show Must NOT Go OnAnd don't forget this.
Mon May 15, 2006 at 03:39:51 AM PDT
It doesn't matter if it's apologists defending the latest incomprehensible Republican screw-up or Bush's schizophrenic immigration policy. The MO is predictably the same. Some right wing Bozo comes out on a carefully managed stage with a spiel so ridiculous that it would really be more appropriate if presented by a guy pedaling a unicycle and juggling GOP talking points to circus music in full clown regalia, while a mini-Karl Rove chatters around grinding an organ and holding out a cup. It doesn't matter if the clown falls off his unicycle over and over and drops all the talking points. Someone stage right-wing will throw him new talking points to juggle, and he'll just pretend they're the same ones he started with. It doesn't matter if the clown kills a few audience members in the process or sets the big tent on fire. None of that will be mentioned and the reviews will be rave.
Bush budget scraps 9,790 border patrol agents
President uses law's escape clause to drop funding for new homeland security force
Officially approved by Bush on Dec. 17 after extensive bickering in Congress, the National Intelligence Reform Act included the requirement to add 10,000 border patrol agents in the five years beginning with 2006. Roughly 80 percent of the agents were to patrol the southern U.S. border from Texas to California, along which thousands of people cross into the United States illegally every year.
But Bush's proposed 2006 budget, revealed Monday, funds only 210 new border agents.
Sunday, May 14, 2006
When BushCo. answered Dem. Rep. John Murtha's call for a pull back of troops because Iraq had become a cluster f*** with first. A bad clumsy redirection from the point he was making to talk of how if we leave right now it will all fall apart. And a stupid stunt of introducing resolution to pull the troops out imedeatly. And then ofcorse trying to slime Murtha by miss representing how he was approached with a birbe that he didn't take.
Well when BushCo finally came out with a plan for Iraq. All that was said was they had a plan. And so far nothing has cahange. Things have gotten worse and all they have done is cried about the media reporting on it.
WASHINGTON -- Democratic Sen. Barack Obama on Thursday ridiculed the Bush administration's defense of the Iraq war, arguing that messages such as "Plan for Victory" can't hide the "2,400 flag-draped coffins that have arrived at the Dover Air Force Base."
In a speech to EMILY's List, the Illinois senator used biting criticism in assailing the president and his handling of the war. Obama spoke in support of former Army Maj. Tammy Duckworth, a helicopter co-pilot who lost both her legs in combat in Iraq and is trying to win an open House seat.
"This idea," Obama said, "that somehow if you say the words 'plan for victory' and 'stay the course' over and over and over and over again and you put these subliminal messages behind you that say 'victory' and 'victory' and 'victory,' that somehow people are not going to notice the 2,400 flag-draped coffins that have arrived at the Dover Air Force Base."
Read it in full HERE.
We shouldn't even be there. We shouldn't sacrifce troops for this. We shouldn't have taken our eyes off bin laden. We shouldn't be spied on. We are not at war with Islam. BushCo. is. We need security not stupid stunts.
Or Dems need to get together with military, economics and science folk and start coming up with some alternatives. And none of that like minds or you gotta go crap. If they have proper 'cread. They are in on the disscusion. No more one liner spewing jackasses please.
It can't be true or the regular blogs I read would be abuzz with news but, rumor has it.
Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald spent more than half a day Friday at the offices of Patton Boggs, the law firm representing Karl Rove. During the course of that meeting, Fitzgerald served attorneys for former Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove with an indictment charging the embattled White House official with perjury and lying to investigators related to his role in the CIA leak case, and instructed one of the attorneys to tell Rove that he has 24 hours to get his affairs in order, high level sources with direct knowledge of the meeting said Saturday morning."More when I learn more.
That's right. Now what are they gonna do? Take their war on pornography over there to their friend friend Tony's house. Look through his records and try and find out what kinds of things he has been searching for. Which you they probably already done.
Manchester came second, followed by Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne. Brentford, in Middlesex, was seventh.
The facility showed the number of searches on the word "porn" reached an all-time high in 2005.
Okay so maybe they don't really top anything if all they went by is the word porn.
Saturday, May 13, 2006
Hayden a perfect fit under Bush administration
True, Hayden was in charge of the National Security Agency during the run-up to Sept. 11, a massive terrorist attack which intelligence agencies are built to prevent. But remaining unflappably confident while getting it all wrong is a vital credential for the head of the CIA under this administration.
Always some good reading HERE.
That's right, right that little punk's face. More satire along more honest reporting it what is needed right now. Plus every damm week another person in this conglomerant of folks who think only they should run this country. And still the positive spin continues. I guess they are trying to out satirize themselves
And then, an odd but revealing thing happened. Some of the chattering class commentators, mainstream media writers and columnists, and Democratic officials didn't get it: Not very funny, rude, not respectful of the president, and so on. Are they kidding? How could they not understand they were witnessing one of the bravest, most subversive performances in memory, which thrilled and gave hope to untold viewers and readers, and will be a huge marker when people look back on the Bush era?
Colbert's speech had a huge impact for two reasons: First, he spoke truth to power right to the face of the president, in front of the entire news media. No one could miss, sidestep or deny it.
Read more HERE
Friday, May 12, 2006
That is not that far off from happening. But you know it would probaly be as effective as porn image detection software. It was on an episode of the old PBS computer show Computer Chronicles. The host Stewart Cheifet siad an image from the Dick Tracy movie got flaged as porn with a some software he using.
Kodak experimented by photographing 88 faces and attempting to automatically sort the pictures into two categories: children and adults. 62 of the 88 faces were correctly classified. Children were more likely to be misfiled than adults. Kodak’s patent builds on this research to include more categories: baby, child, adult, and older adult, with wrinkle and hair color analysis supplementing the red-eye detection technology.Full Kodak patent story link.
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Harvey Mayor Eric Kellogg was elected three years ago on the promise of a crime crack-down -- but the legacy of his police department is one of unsolved slayings and allegations of misconduct.
During the first two years of his reign, crime increased while arrests decreased. Police didn't solve a single murder in 2005, and so far they've made an arrest in just one of the five killings this year.
Talk about culture of corruption. Call the cops for something in a city that is only about 6.2 square miles and it takes forever for them to respond why?
Although Kellogg says he has increased the number of sworn police officers on the payroll, state records show he actually has cut it by 25 full- and part-time officers.I just hope somebody in the FBI is reading the local papers. Or maybe reading my or somebodys supspecious bloggins and says. Hey, this would be easy to got after.
Men who helped Kellogg get elected were installed in crucial department command posts. The mere presence of those commanders, some who have well-documented backgrounds of misconduct, has scared away help from other local police departments and further crippled Harvey's chances of catching killers.
Harvey sits in a vital transitional spot. We have a big Bus tranfer hub and it is right next to the Metra electric lines. Maybe someday the crooks will go too far and get taken out by the law.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The agency in charge of a domestic spying program has been secretly collecting phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, including calls made within the United States, USA Today reported on Thursday.And ofcorse they ain't pulling any kind of a Watergate deal on any groups opposed to BushCo.
Defending the controversial program, President Bush and his administration officials have said it aims to uncover links between international terrorists and their domestic collaborators and only targets communications between a person inside the United States and a person overseas.Here is my problem with that. You came here from some place else you can't call back home because it is suspecious. Everything they do seems to be anything but watching out for our national good. National security is a police action. What we need is more Patrol Officers. Not a small number of people weilding unyielding power over this nation.
Bill O'Rielly In my opinion is getting a raw deal on the whole Loofah thingy. I mean, until you dry it. It is a squash and when you chop it up with all the other ingredients and fry it up. It most likely would taste real good no matter what you used it for before.
Friday, May 05, 2006
The outbursts were more severe than the previous protests Mr Rumsfeld has faced over the Iraq war, correspondents say.
Run outside of the American media and read more HERE.
Now lets turn that into action. Like calling for investigations.
In the fundraising letter, Dole rails against liberal Democrats in the Senate and warns that if they prevail, "our worst fears" will be realized. She argues that empowered Democrats would "increase your taxes, call for endless investigations, congressional censure and maybe even impeachment of President Bush, put the war on terrorism on the back-burner" and "Take over the White House in 2008!"
She assured the recipients of the fundraising letter that she was working around the clock "to help our country avoid this disaster."
Sometimes you just have to check the langauge that you use. Read more HERE.
justice will always preville in the end. Or Somebody is gonna lift that rock and find you out.
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Not much of a lawn to mow. Needs to be tilled, limed, fertilized then reseeded. Very lumpy and hard to get the mower around on. I would so love to a new lawn. There are a ton of other things that I must take care of first. A lot of water damage. Worse yet its over time water damage the kind your home owners insurance don't cover.
Also I found these yummy Altoids eh. At least I think they're Altoids. They did smell lemony. I hope they ain't crack rocks. I do live in a nice drug filled area. Ya' know U.S.A. and all...
But it was a nice suprise to find these things along with the regular bottles, candy wrappers, and fast food cantainers. Also I need to get a nice fence so this stuff doesn't blow all over the yard. Mmm curious, these Altoids are making the side of mouth go numb...
Like the monitor thing back in the '90s. You got either 6 bucks or $13 off $250 of manufactures retail price stuff. And the man who started it well he got more than 6 bucks.
But with the netflix settlement there have been a lot of objections that are holding things up. LINK. So now I jsut sit and wait and wait for my free month. But it is funny how netflix tried to sneak it passed people that if you sign to get the month free. You sign up to renew your subscription. In other words it was an atempt to make back what they had to pay out in the settlement.
Monday, May 01, 2006
Colbert's performance is sidestepped and marginalized while Bush is treated as light-hearted, humble, and funny.